I never thought I would live in a town where a war crimes trial would be held.
Amadou Sanogo, formerly of Sikasso, Mali, was one of the main instigators in the the 2012 Coup to oust the President Amadou Toumani Touré. 550 more words
I first encountered the work of Malick Sidibé after he had he became the first photographer – and the first African artist – to receive the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2007. 2,761 more words
I’m going to be honest: I was initially drawn to this book because of the title. Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu had me at “bad-ass librarians” and from the first page to the last, I was thrust in a world of unearthed manuscripts dating back to the 1500s, Al Qaeda commanders and a certain Abdel Kader Haidara who dedicated his life to preserving the written word. 1,232 more words